(This is a screenshot of the Habit List app and the green represents the days that I did the habit.)
Whew! It feels good to put that out there. I may have 266 consecutive days of drawing under my belt but I'm doing pretty poorly when it comes to some of the other habits I'd like to develop. I know this has happened to many of you, so lets talk about how I'm dealing with it.
I see two different situations here with my two habits and so two different ways that I'm dealing with it. First my walking habit, I don't consider walking a creative habit but rather a helper habit. I've been working on this habit since June (before that I was running). Looking back with the habit list app, the months look pretty similar to September. June was much better; August was a little worse, but overall they're all pretty similar. I'll miss a day (due to weather, schedule, etc.) and then I get back to it the next day.
It's not perfect but I'm ok with it. My goals here are to get some exercise and to have a little time alone to listen to podcasts. With my current routine, I'm accomplishing my goals. I'm missing days here and there but I'm able to jump back into my routine and get back on track. I know this is how some people are doing their year of creative habits. They have a system that works most days for them and that's good enough. When it comes to tracking, they just count the days they did it. I am on day 15 for the month of September.
Now lets talk about my writing habit. I started with this habit this month and I've written four days. I don't have a system that works for me. I don't get right back to it if I miss a day. I had some momentum going for a few days and then I completely lost it. I am not accomplishing my goals.
So with writing I need to start over. It doesn't make sense to continue trying in the same way when I can see that it's not working for me. I need to go back and set myself up for success. I need to make a new plan. I need to gather supplies and set up my workspace. I need to set my trigger and create a starting ritual. I need to make it a bigger priority and really focus my energy on making it happen because I'm not accomplishing my goal this way.
Do you see yourself in one of these situations? Which is the right course of action for you?